SAFA Skysailor Magazine

25 January | February 2024 SKY SAILOR drive off established tracks and avoid cropped fields or where horses are grazing or being ridden. There are a few horse properties on the XC route heading north which should be avoided, details are on the HQ noticeboard. Say hello to the friendly local farmers if you see them after landing – you never know they might invite you in for a cold drink and give you a lift back into town. Most of Mt Borah is owned by local paragliding instructor and PG Open Distance FAI World record holder (1998-2002), Godfrey Wenness. Godfrey’s ‘Manilla Paragliding’ school is the only school in Australia that owns its own mountain, air sports facility building, and serviced cabins and camping facility. The on-site facility even has a pool, bar, free WiFi throughout as well as an airfield for those choosing to arrive by plane. Getting there Using Google or Apple Maps, set the desti- nation location to ‘Manilla Paragliding’. From Manilla it’s a 10-minute drive. Head north over one of the two Namoi River bridges, turn left heading towards Boggabri, drive 1-2km (depending on which bridge you used), then turn right onto Wimbourne Rd. After 11km you will be at the entrances to Mt Borah and the Manilla Paragliding HQ. There is a gravel road to the top of the hill suitable for all types of vehicles, though best use a SUV or 4WD. The road is closed at night and when wet! Site rules and services All pilots must be SAFA members and become a visiting member of the Manilla SkySailors Club. There are QR codes posted at the HQ centre to scan for the club membership and to join the three existing Whatsapp Manilla chat groups (Weather&Chat, Borah Basher, XC Retrieve). Manilla Paragliding school has a daily take-off shuttle service from their HQ at the bottom of the hill. For further details visit flymanilla.com . All photos: Courtesy of Godfrey Wenness and Andrew Bucknill

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